Lone Lake via South Kootenay Pass (OPEN)
Type of Hike
- Day Hike
- Open Hike
- Moderate Hike
As what can be derived from the name Lone Lake, is pretty lonely in fact it is one of the most remote backcountry campsites in Waterton. This makes Lone Lake all the more enjoyable if you have a few days and can secure a camping permit. Park at Red Rock Canyon and decided which route you wish to take. Left or right, you will follow the Blakiston Valley trail, which is part of a 25km loop that begins and ends at the Red Rock parking area in Waterton Park. It takes hikers through some of Waterton's most scenic and "best kept secret" areas. Along the way, you will encounter many other trails, including Goat Lake, Avion Ridge, Sage Pass, South Kootenai Pass, Lone Lake and the connector for the long Tamarack Trail. With the exception of the Blue Grouse Basin and Twin Lakes, the majority of this trail is relatively flat and easy to hike. Hiking the loop in addition to Lone Lake allows you to see both sides of this area of the park. However if you are short on time, the fastest route is via the Blakiston Falls trail, which is 19.5km to Lone Lake. One cautionary note is that this seldom-traveled area is bear country and does not see a lot of hikers. Be sure to make lots of noise, particularly in the fall.
Distance: 39 km / 24.2 mi (return)
Elevation Gain: 75m / 246 ft.
Hiking Time: 10 hours